Even at SoSG, where we do our best to present a united front, the internal debates have raged on the "Don't Stop Believin' Guy" (aka "Don't Stop Believing Guy," aka "DSBG"). Across the internet, similar wars have been waged. Is Don't Stop Believin' Guy's Fifteen Minutes up? Did they ever start? As Jersey Chaser opined (in grammar best described as "dude-heavy"):
This dude is an absolute legend and recent fixture at the Dodgers games, performing a solid lip-synced rendition of Journey’s classic “Don’t stop believing.” But we’re pretty sure that this act will get old very soon, like that one dude in those Problem Child movies.I'm not sure what Jersey Chaser has against John Ritter and Jack Warden, but allow the Delino to step forward and lay the gauntlet down. The Dodgers need their Don't Stop Believing Guy!!!
1.He looks like 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander.
2. He unites the crowd. Yesterday's game was a tense affair. Absurdly hot. Dodgers hacking away at the ball like drunken lumberjacks. Until that magical 8th inning. Steve Perry's familiar tenor began to echo across Chavez Ravine. The crowd sang along with all the passion a heat stroke would allow. But something... or someone... was missing. I told my buddy The Philly Cheese about the legend of the Don't Stop Believin' Guy... who was noticeably absent from the Jumbotron. Until the final verse and chorus. And like a ray of sunshine breaking through the darkest of clouds, he appeared...
The crowd roared like a lion. Next thing you know, we're up 2-1 and on our way to two-plus hours in the parking lot. I know you could argue that the Phillies' crap bullpen were responsible for our victory.
Actually, that is why we won. But every championship team has their lucky charm. The Angels had the Rally Monkey. The Flyers had Kate Smith and her killer "God Bless America." And now, the Dodgers have theirs. DSBG is a unifying factor that gets the crowd into the game with considerably more passion than the Hackstreet Boys.
3. His schtick is actually funny. Want proof? Look at all those jagoffs who try to steal his thunder and camera time. Like the Highlander, there can be only one. Please note - it helps to watch this after two plus hours of drinking and hot dog consuming.
4. He's a man of mystery, not unlike Batman, Darkman, or Jake "The Snake" Roberts. And thanks to THOUSANDS of hits, a viral video sensation. If I was Frank McCourt, I'd beg my wife to reconsider and make sure the DSBG is front and center at every game through the World Series. And beyond.